Leon Hadar

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  • January 2008

    Pakistan: Here We Go Again

    Condi Rice had a vision: It was springtime in Pakistan, and love was in the air—which was an ideal time for a chick flick.

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  • August 2007

    Best-Laid Plans

    A day or two after the signing of the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993, I attended a meeting at a think tank in Washington to discuss the economic prospects of an independent Palestinian state.

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  • Coalition of the Unwilling?

    Recently, I attended a conference in Washington, D.C., that focused on the dilemmas involved in the expansion of NATO.

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  • March 2007

    Shooting Elephants With Our Man in Baghdad

    A college professor who is planning to teach a course on imperialism contacted me recently, asking for my recommendations for the course’s reading list.

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  • March 2007

    The War on Terror Ended

    Unlike some of my readers, I’m old enough to remember the time, during the American occupation of Baghdad, when this part of the city was known as the Green Zone. It was renamed the Yellow Peace Zone ten years ago, after Iraq joined the China-led Association of South-West Asian Nations (ASWAN).

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  • It’s the War, Stupid!
    February 2007

    It’s the War, Stupid!

    Political analysts, consultants, and “scientists,” envious of the success of economists in turning the study of wealth creation into a scientific discipline and a lucrative profession, are always searching for rules and laws to explain and discover certain regular and logical structures in human efforts involved in winning, preserving, and expanding power.

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  • January 2007

    Can Baker Clean Up the Mess in Iraq?

    If a man (person?) from Mars were to have landed in Washington in late November, he (or she?) would have had no choice but to conclude that the important decisions in the capital of the World’s Only Remaining Superpower are made by two mighty dudes.

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  • October 2006

    Post-Lebanon II: Constructing Narratives

    A friend who has just returned from Lebanon told me that one of the jokes he heard before leaving Beirut was that the Bush administration decided to hire Hezbollah as one of the faith-based organizations that would help in the rebuilding of post-Katrina Louisiana.

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  • The Pitfalls of Ambiguity
    September 2006

    The Pitfalls of Ambiguity

    The conventional history of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy has traced the ascendancy of the neoconservative ideologues in his administration to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the ensuing “War on Terror,” the invasion of Iraq, and regime-change schemes in the Middle East.

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  • August 2006

    After Zarqawi: The New Thirty Years’ War

    When the U.S. government toppled Sad-dam Hussein in 2003, it thought regime change would help bring democracy to Iraq, and then to the rest of the region.

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  • Trying Saddam

    Robert A. Taft, in a speech delivered at Kenyon College in October 1946, expressed strong opposition to the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials that were just ending.

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  • Hamas-led Palestine

    After Hamas, the radical Islamic and anti-Western movement and terrorist organization, achieved victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, I was invited by a leading think tank in Washington to debate with another Middle East analyst the implications of that stunning development for U.S. policy in the Middle East and the moribund “peace process.”

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  • March 2006

    Goodbye, Greater Israel; Hello . . . What?

    My name and title (“global-political and economic-affairs analyst”) appears on a few rolodexes on the desks of the young ladies, a.k.a. “schedulers,” who are in search of pundits—that is, pompous think tankers and retired foreign-policy types who are willing “to do Iraq” or “to do Iran” (in Washington lingo) or some other international crisis.

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  • Misinterpreting Iran—and the World
    November 2005

    Misinterpreting Iran—and the World

    Imagine that, for a few years, you had been investing the money you had saved for your daughter’s college education in one of those moderately conservative plans that provide some increase in the value of the investment without exposing it to major risks.

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  • October 2005

    “Courageous” Sharon “Disengages” From Gaza

    You’ve probably heard the one about the boy who murdered his parents and then asked the court for mercy because he was an orphan.

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  • Neoconservative Ideology

    The neoconservative ideology of Western (preferably American) democracy and free markets is a form of secular religion. The door to this secular church begins to open to the sinner when he starts surfing the internet, watching CNN, eating at McDonald’s, and reading the gospel according to Tom Friedman.

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  • A Tale of Two Cities
    May 2005

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Many American Jews suffer culture shock when they first visit Tel Aviv. Having grown up watching reruns of the movie Exodus, they imagine Israelis as yarmulke-wearing cowboys valiantly defending their land against attacks from vicious tribes of Arab terrorists.

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  • June 2004

    Whose Bias?

    Two years ago, I was invited to address a group of Jewish-American women on the question, “Is the American media coverage of Middle East biased?”

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  • January 2004

    It’s Springtime for Hitler in Europe

    Few would challenge the observation that the level of anti-American sentiments has been rising in Europe in recent months and has reached an historic high during the war against Iraq.

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  • The Israeli Prescription
    September 1990

    The Israeli Prescription

    The American public has fallen victim in recent years to a propaganda assault, launched and coordinated by the Israeli Likud party and their American partners, whose theme is clear and simple: the long-term security of the Jewish state lies in its ability to maintain control over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with its mainly Arab population.

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